The Symbols are a popular female-fronted blues/funk/rock trio from Fort Collins, Colorado, formed in 2011 by guitarist Jasco (Blinddog Smokin') and vocalist/songwriter/bassist Mer Sal. They write their own music, in addition to re-arranging popular cover tunes to be stylistically different than they were written. Their unique sound, charisma, and songs are winning hearts through theaters and festivals across the country.
The Symbols formed in a melting pot of blues-rock, urban funk, motown roots, and soul revival, performing across the West with many cool players in the Blues/Funk/Rock genre.
The band is influenced by many complimentary sources – from Jeff Beck Group to Amy Winehouse – among others, in a meeting of rock n roll and soul.
The Symbols perform 150 dates a year or more, across Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, California, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.
The Symbols received the 2017 Holley Award for Best Arranger from the Colorado Blues Society (CBS). In addition, The Symbols won the Denver competition are representing the Mile High Blues Society (MHBS) in Memphis, TN this January for the 34th International Blues Challenge (IBC).
The Symbols have shared the stage with everybody in the national blues scene from Miss Blues to Trampled Underfoot to Southern Avenue Band to Jason Ricci and the Bad Kind. A few may remember some awesome throw-together festival pairings of The Symbols with various blues/soul/gospel acts at Blues From the Top 2014-2016.
Their first full length album SMILE (2015) was released with the help of Phil Brown (Little Feat), and a second album followed in 2016 titled Symbolized, to much attention.
A new album of original material is set to be released in 2018.
The Symbols were featured on the cover of former Scene Magazine in December of 2016, and in September 2016, performed a radio and television broadcast that was hyped in Denver's Westword Magazine.
The Symbols' music video Ball Bearings through a stroke of luck garnered them a music licensing contract with Touch Tunes in over 65,000 bars worldwide.